- By Patrick Beach American-Statesman Staff
The voluminous Limon clan, which has been in Central Texas since the 1800s, pops up in the news with some regularity for a couple of reasons: They’re involved in just about everything — business, civic life, politics, community service — and there’s a whole lot of them. How many? The family historian stopped counting in 2000 when it reached 3,500 — many of them still in our area.
Every October on the weekend of the Texas-Oklahoma football game, they rent Webberville Park on the eastern edge of Travis County — presumably because the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi isn’t big enough — for a reunion that includes hundreds. Next weekend will be their 30th, and family member Gina Limon says she’s expecting “800-plus for sure.”
Next Saturday’s events will start with a Mass, then a luncheon, mariachis, face-painters and kids’ activities, before a dance in the evening. They’re also making history boards and cousin Lonnie Limon has found footage from the first reunion so there will be a slide show.
A chunk of the attendees gathered this Saturday at the entrance to the state Capitol to read proclamations and kick off the week of activities for the family, which is well-known enough that Congress Avenue has been temporarily renamed for it in the past.
Lonnie Limon said the family’s entrepreneurial spirit goes back to his grandfather, who lived in Creedmoor and cooked and threw fiestas to support his family. A lot of the family stayed close geographically as well as emotionally, concentrated at least at first in East Austin.
But Lee Limon said the proximity didn’t make them closer.
“No,” Lee said. “We have arguments all the time about politics but after the discussion is over, it’s over. That’s the good thing. Many more good things come out of living close together. The kids grow up living close together, just like we did.”
The only downside?
“Sometimes you can’t find your lawnmower or your gas can and you have to go to all your brothers’ houses,” Lee said.